Cherokee County Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of Firearms

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A man who illegally possessed firearms pled guilty October 18, 2021, in federal court in Sioux City.

Reese Hageman, 36, from Marcus, Iowa, an unlawful user of methamphetamine, was convicted of possession of firearms by a prohibited person.

At the plea hearing, Hageman admitted that on April 18, 2019, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the farm residence of Hageman’s father and seized nearly two pounds of methamphetamine and several guns.  During the search warrant execution, law enforcement seized four guns, including an AR-style rifle, a small quantity of methamphetamine and drug -user paraphernalia, all attributable to Reese Hageman.  Reese Hageman further admitted that he was a regular methamphetamine user, and had been in possession over three rifles and a 410 shotgun. Federal law prohibits those using illegal drugs from possessing guns.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Hageman remains free on bond previously set.  Hageman faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and not more than three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.   

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The case file number is 21-4047.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

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